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Forresters Wine Bar

High Street, Yarmouth PO40 0PL, England
+44 1983 761635
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Ranked #1 of 20 restaurants in Yarmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $34
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: The winds of change have hit Forresters. We are now open as a Wine Bar with several bar snacks available from a simple sandwich to salads and house specials, all at very reasonable prices. I have decided that 3 courses of fine dining isn't always the best evening out. Sometimes a prawn cocktail and a glass of wine in elegant surroundings fits the bill perfectly. So there will always be a good choice of food but no longer fine dining. Still the wonderful ambiance of Forresters Hall, always good service but now at a fraction of fine dining and pub prices. How about a cocktail to start off your evening? Or reserve our mezzanine floor for a small private party. Hire out the whole place for functions or family get togethers. Or just pop in for an alternative place for a drink. I am determined to keep both food and drink prices extremely sensible, eg bowl of chilli and a crusty baguette for £5 and spirit and a mixer for £3. Regular live music, not loud but pleasantly entertaining and enjoyable. Regular pianist on most Fridays. I hope that you will still keep us on your list of places to go and look forward to welcoming you to Forresters Wine Bar.
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English first
Freshwater, United Kingdom
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Forresters Wine Bar used to be 'fine dining' and built up a great reputation for quality and ambience created by Amanda. It was the place to eat, I have enjoyed a few gorgeous meals and evenings here. Amanda is now trying the wine bar side of things, we have attended the 'Open Mic' night which is held on the first... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

Lovely place, staff are excellent! Lovely cocktails, very nice pizzas and the cheesy chips are fabulous! Would definitely recommend to anyone, planning on having my 18th birthday there as it is so nice. Definitely worth a visit! :)

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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

What a shame .... No customers when we visited mid week .... Wine good ! Sad to say a modest pizza menu .

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

One of the best restaurants on the IoWight. Consistently provided great meals and atmosphere in this unique historic venue in recent years. We had our wedding reception here in April and it was their last time as a Restaurant before "morphing" into a Wine Bar. What a perfect evening we had. We'd like to wish Amanda and staff continued success... More

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

This is one of the best meals we have had out. Lovely building, not too hot, background music not intrusive, tables not crammed together, relaxed friendly service.Be aware this is on the first floor - I didn't notice a lift. It was midweek, out of season, and we ate early so there were no other diners for most of the... More

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Went to the Forrester's after seeing rave reviews on this website. Their own website states open 7 days a week, went to book and it was closed and then turned up in the evening and still closed. Thankfully for us the Wheatsheaf Inn was open and did amazing food.

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AmandaVenters, Owner at Forresters Wine Bar, responded to this review

Apologies for taking sometime to respond to your review. Up until the last week or so, Forresters was indeed open from Tuesday evening to Saturday evening. The home page on my website did in fact say this, at the bottom the home page was a paragraph relating to my shop, Forresters Nammet, which is open 7 days a week. So... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014 via mobile

Tempting menu, excellent friendly service. We had delicious gnocchi, the lamb and belly pork with crispy crackling and rhubarb crime brûlée. All delicious visiting Yarmouth and would definitely recommend to others

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Having lived in Freshwater for 3 years I really don't know why I have been here before. Went tonight for my birthday, the whole experience was great. I had crab bisque envy- cos I didn't have it- although I tasted my wife's. The main courses were brilliant with a great selection of roast and freshly cooked veg. The rhubarb and... More

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southampton
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We have been there for one of my friend's birthday, it was 20 of us, so all of tables were booked for us; there was a nice piano; the building was ancient and beautiful; Foods were between the best quality food I have tried, specially lamb, although the portions were a bit small! The staffs were really helpful; Even they... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014 via mobile

We read previous reviews and booked to have dinner with friends last night. The atmosphere was friendly and the food excellent. Sam Elliott

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